RC-50

Loop Station

RC-50: Loop Station

The New Industry-Leading Looper

Features

For those awaiting the arrival of the ultimate looper, the wait is finally over. Introducing the RC-50 — the most feature-laden Loop Station BOSS has ever built. It’s the best live looping tool ever built for that matter. Housed in a spacious seven-footswitch floor unit, the RC-50 lets you manipulate three stereo phrase tracks simultaneously. Each track supports multiple overdubs, so phrases can be stacked one by one on each track, resulting in a monstrous layer of looped phrases.

  • The new industry-leading looping tool for live performance!
  • 7 footswitches for intuitive control; realtime control of playback speed
  • Play up to 3 stereo phrase tracks simultaneously, all synced to an internal or MIDI clock
  • Ultra-long recording time (up to 49 min., mono), 99 patches (3 master loops per patch)
  • Undo/Redo function for recording and overdubbing
  • Center-cancellation feature, "flat" amplifier simulation feature
  • Stereo input, dual stereo output, XLR phantom-powered mic input, stereo mini-jack Aux input (for recording from an MP3 players, etc.)
  • USB port for data/audio backup, import/export of loops as WAV files

Loop, Layer, Rock!
Ready to blow your audience away? With a single RC-50, a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, or vocalist can create a perfectly synced wall of sound live onstage. There are three simultaneous stereo phrase channels on the RC-50, each with a dedicated footswitch. Each channel can contain dozens of loops/phrases that you stack one by one, so you can imagine how massive your arrangements or solos can become!

In Sync
The RC-50 speaks sync. For bands that incorporate digital audio tracks, sequences, drum machines, and/or video elements into their live gigs, sync is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. For scenarios such as these, the RC-50 can be locked to an external MIDI clock source, ensuring that its loop performances are absolutely locked to the rest of the show. Internally, the RC-50 offers Loop Quantize for easy loop recording, plus Loop Sync (which enables all phrases to start in sync), and Tempo Sync (which matches the tempo of multiple phrases during playback).

Rhythm Guide
To make recording as fun and inspiring as possible, the RC-50 provides a total of 379 play-along Rhythm Guide Patterns using real sampled drums in a wide variety of time signatures. Why record to a stale click track when you can jam with rockin’ grooves instead?

Impressive I/O
The RC-50’s rear panel is well stocked with connectors, offering a variety of inputs (stereo Inst ins, XLR input with 48V phantom power, mini-jack aux), outputs (1/4” stereo, 1/4” sub stereo outs, headphone out), and USB for importing WAV files from computers. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, as are 1/4” TRS inputs for accommodating an optional Expression pedal and footswitches; up to four footswitches can be used simultaneously.

Bonus Features
The RC-50 has plenty of other noteworthy features on offer, for example: Phrases can be played forward or backward. Phrases can be retriggered in “free time” or on a time-aligned grid. Errors can be corrected on the fly with the Undo/Redo switch.

Specs

AD Conversion
24 bit
DA Conversion
24 bit
Sampling Frequency
44.1kHz
Program Memories
99
Nominal Input Level
INST: -10 dBu
MIC: -50 dBu
AUX: -16 dBu
Input Impedance
INST: 1 M Ω
MIC: 1 kΩ
AUX: 100 kΩ
Nominal Output Level
MAIN OUTPUT: -10 dBu
SUB OUTPUT: -10 dBu
Output Impedance
MAIN OUTPUT: 2 kΩ
SUB OUTPUT: 2 kΩ
PHONES: 47 Ω
Available Recording Time*
STEREO: Approx. 24 minutes
MONO: Approx. 49 minutes
Control
Front Panel
REC/PLAY/OVERDUB pedal
STOP pedal
TEMPO pedal
UNDO/REDO pedal
PHRASE 1 pedal
PHRASE 2 pedal
PHRASE 3 pedal
PATCH/VALUE dial
PARAMETER buttons
TAP TEMPO button
NAME/PATCH button
CTL/EXP PEDAL button
SYSTEM/USB button
EXIT button
WRITE button
PLAY MODE button
LOOP SYNC button
AUTO REC button
INPUT MODE button
OVERDUB MODE button
LOOP QUANTIZE indicator
OVERDUB MODE indicators
(OVERDUB, REPLACE, MOMENTARY PUNCH-IN)
PHRASE EDIT
PHRASE LEVEL knobs (PHRASE 1, 2, 3)
PHRASE buttons (PHRASE 1, 2, 3)
REVERSE indicators (PHRASE 1, 2, 3)
ONE SHOT indicators (PHRASE 1, 2, 3)
GUIDE
LEVEL knob
SELECT button
START/STOP button
INPUT LEVEL
AUX knob
MIC knob
INST knob
PEAK indicator
MASTER
LEVEL knob
Rear Panel
PHANTOM switch
POWER switch
Others
Display
16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
2 characters, 7 segment LED
Connectors
INST jacks R (MONO)/L (1/4 inch phone type)
MIC connector (XLR type; supports use of phantom power)
AUX jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
MAIN OUTPUT jacks R (MONO)/L (1/4 inch phone type)
PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type)
SUB OUTPUT jacks R (MONO)/L (1/4 inch phone type)
EXP/CTL 3, 4 PEDAL jack (TRS 1/4 inch phone type)
CTL 1, 2 PEDAL jack (TRS 1/4 inch phone type)
USB connector
MIDI connectors (IN/OUT)
DC IN (AC adaptor) jack
Power Supply
DC 9 V: Supply AC adaptor (Roland ACI or ACB series)
Current Draw
450 mA
Accessories
AC adaptor (Roland ACI or ACB series)
USB cable
Owner's Manual
Roland Service (information sheet)
Sound Library for RC-50 (Sample Phrase CD)
Options
Foot Switch: FS-5U
Dual Foot SwitcH: FS-6
Expression Pedal: EV-5 (Roland), FV-500L/H (Roland)
Foot Switch Cable: PCS-31 (Roland)
(Stereo 1/4 inch phone plug-1/4 inch phone plug x 2)
Size and Weight
Width
472 mm
18-5/8 inches
Depth
198 mm
7-13/16 inches
Height
64 mm
2-9/16 inches
Weight
2.9 kg
6 lbs. 7 oz.
excluding AC adaptor
* The times listed above take into account the amount of memory needed for the actual recording combined with the memory required for the RC-50's operations (e.g., Undo/Redo).* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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